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What science reveals about keeping the mind sharp and the memory intact into old age: Helpful hints and advice on staying alert and healthy.

How Eating Fish May Help Our Brains

People with high blood levels of the “good” fats found in fish had more robust brains than those with low levels of those fats, a new study reports. The findings add to a growing body of evidence that eating fish … Continue reading

Exercise and a Healthy Lifestyle Reduce Dementia Risk

If you need more incentive to exercise more and eat better, consider the results of two comprehensive new studies that found that an active and healthy lifestyle may be critical in helping to keep the brain healthy in old age. … Continue reading

Simple Steps May Simplify Home Alzheimer’s Care

Among Americans with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, an estimated 70 percent are cared for at home by family members and friends. Yet most people with dementia and their caregivers skip certain personal safety and health care measures … Continue reading

Poor Sleep May Be Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

Lack of sleep or waking up several times during the night may be bad for the brain and may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, several new studies suggest. While a sound night’s sleep has long been advised for a … Continue reading

Earlier Alzheimer’s Diagnosis May Lead to Better Care

People with Alzheimer’s disease who were given brain scans and diagnosed early in the course of their illness did better than those who got a later diagnosis, a new study finds. They tended to get Alzheimer’s drugs earlier in the … Continue reading

Singing and Music Have Benefits for Alzheimer’s

Many people play music as a soothing balm for those with Alzheimer’s, and musical ability is often long retained into the more advanced stages of the disease. Now a new study suggests that singing may have benefits for those with … Continue reading

Speaking Two Languages May Ward Off Dementia

People who speak two languages develop Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia nearly five years later than their peers who speak only one language. It is the largest study to date to show that acquiring a language, an intellectually challenging … Continue reading

Midlife Stress May Increase Dementia Risk

Women who experience a lot of stress in middle age are at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia late in life, according to a new report. The findings come from a study of 800 women … Continue reading

Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs May Ward Off Dementia

Statins, the widely prescribed drugs taken by millions of older men and women to help lower cholesterol levels and ward off heart attacks and strokes, may prevent dementia and memory loss with long-term use. They also do not appear to … Continue reading

Government to Support Study of Alzheimer’s Prevention

New funding from the National Institutes of Health will be aimed at looking at promising drugs for the prevention of Alzheimer’s and novel ways to treat the disease. The grants, totaling about $45 million, are part of stepped-up national efforts … Continue reading